Category: Spiritual Realm & Warfare

What Are The Christian’s Weapons of Warfare?

The Bible tells us that every Christian is consistently engaged in spiritual warfare. In 2 Timothy 2:3-4 the Christian is described as a “soldier of Christ” who is engaged in a war.
In Ephesians 6:12, Christians are reminded that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but instead we fight against spiritual forces of darkness.
The devil together with his demons is described as the enemy of God whose primary objective is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10).

 

WHAT ARE THE DEVIL’S WEAPONS OF WARFARE?
The devil’s weapons of warfare include such tactics and techniques as:
a) Deception and temptation (Matthew 4:1-11; Genesis 3:1-13)
b) Encouraging the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21)
c) Causing fear, doubt and confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33; 1 Peter 5:8)
d) Idolatry, paganism and all forms of occultism (2 Chronicles 33:6)
e) Creating worldly philosophies & systems (Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 4:4)
f) Creating false teachings and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

The devil is known as “the god of this world” who uses his own weapons of warfare to blind the world and to fight against Christian believers. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says: In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Therefore devil’s weapons of warfare are ultimately aimed at fighting against God and blinding people from having a relationship with Him through the knowledge and experience of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

THE CHRISTIAN’S WEAPONS OF WARFARE
However, God has also given the Christian believer some weapons of warfare so that he/she may be equipped against the attacks of the enemy.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NIV) says: For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

According to 2 Corinthians 10:3, even though we live in the world, we do not war or fight our battles according to the principles of the world or according to our fleshly desires.
In other words, the Christian believer does not use the same deceptive or worldly tactics or techniques as the devil. Instead the Christian believer responds differently because according to verse 4, the Christians weapons of warfare have “divine power”.

So What Are The Christian’s Weapons of Warfare?

Ephesians 6:11-18Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:11-18 gives us an insight in relation to what our weapons of warfare consist of.
We are to wear the armour of God that we may be able to withstand the schemes and tactics of the devil.

The armour of God consists of the following virtues or principles that are necessary when engaged in spiritual warfare:
1) Speaking the truth and standing for the truth (verse 14)
2) Righteous living and standing for what is morally and spiritually right (verse 14)
3) Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ (verse 15)
4) Living by faith and not by sight (verse 16)
5) Being reminded of who you are in Christ because of the salvation you received because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (verse 17)
6) Knowledge of the word of God and living according to the Scriptures (verse 17)
7) Praying according to the will of God (verse 18)

Therefore whenever we are engaged in warfare and in our daily walk with God, we wear the armour of God by applying and living according to the 7 principles or virtues mentioned above.
Wearing the armour of God and using this armour is only possible through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
In Galatians 5:16-25 we are told not to walk or live according to the desires of the flesh but we are to live according to the Holy Spirit who enables us to bear good fruit and overcome satanic deception.
Therefore whilst the devil may use carnal, deceitful and corrupt means to wage war, on the contrary the Holy Spirit will enable Christians to use Biblical principles to withstand the enemy.

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S WEAPONS OF WARFARE?
According to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 the weapons of the Christian’s warfare are useful for the following purpose:

1) For pulling down strongholds / destroying strongholds (verse 4)
2) For destroying arguments (verse 5)
3) For destroying every high thing or opinion that is raised against the knowledge and principles of God (verse 5)
4) For capturing every thought or idea so that it obeys Jesus Christ (verse 5)
5) For encouraging obedience to the things of God (verse 6)

Therefore whilst the devil’s weapons of warfare are meant to kill, steal, destroy and blind people from seeking a relationship with God through Jesus Christ – the weapons of warfare that the Christian has been given are meant to destroy the very tactics and schemes of the devil and instead promote obedience and a right relationship with God.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What is a Wilderness Experience?

A wilderness experience can be described as a period of time when a Christian experiences testing, trials, spiritual warfare or persecution. It is a period where one may experience different kinds of problems at various levels of one’s life from health & financial issues to social & spiritual issues.

During a wilderness experience a Christian may also experience confusion or doubt about one’s purpose and direction in life. Sometimes a Christian may even question God due to the confusion, doubt and painful trials and experiences that one may be facing.

For the Christian, a wilderness experience can either be positive or negative because it all depends on how the Christian responds to his/her particular situation.
Therefore a believer may either backslide or experience a setback in one’s spiritual growth or maturity.
Alternatively a wilderness experience is an opportunity which God uses to build our character and to help us to mature and grow in our Christian life and relationship with Him.

Romans 5:3-5 says: More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

James 1:2-4 says: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Therefore a wilderness experience is common in the life of all Christians and is necessary for molding us into the person that God wants us to be and to equip us to endure and have victory over future battles in life.

A few examples of people in Scripture who had wilderness experiences are Moses (Exodus 2:11-22 & Exodus 3:1-12), Job, Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-9), John the Baptist (Matthew 11:2-3), and Paul (Galatians 1:17-18).

The nation of Israel also had a wilderness experience after God rescued them from slavery in Egypt.

Jesus Christ Himself was also tested in the wilderness where He consistently used the Scriptures to overcome the temptations of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11).

 

HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND DURING A WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE?
1. Learn to trust in the Lord with all your heart. Learn to totally depend on Him in your daily living and to trust in His perfect character and steadfast love towards you (Psalm 33:22-24).
2. Do not stop praying. Do not give up praying to God. Instead learn to pray without ceasing despite your situation (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1).
3. Do not give up studying and meditating on God’s word. When Christ was tempted as He fasted, Jesus consistently used the Scriptures to defeat the tests of the devil. The word of God is therefore a weapon during a period of spiritual warfare and it is important that we meditate on God’s word and live obediently according to His scriptures (Ephesians 5:17; Hebrews 4:12).
4. Be thankful in all circumstances. We must have an attitude of gratitude not only when things are good – but also when we are experiencing a wilderness experience. A thankful heart allows us to focus on the goodness of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
5. Remember that God is always in control and that He uses every experience in our life for your benefit and for His glory (Romans 8:28).

 

Ultimately a wilderness experience cannot be avoided. Therefore the most important thing during such a period is how we choose to respond during this particular time.
We must be reminded and be encouraged that in all circumstances in life, the Lord is with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us.

 

6 Ways to Avoid Spiritual Deception

We live in a world where spiritual deception is on the increase. 2 Timothy 3:13 says that evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Therefore with many deceptive teachings that have gradually crept into the church such as the prosperity gospel, spiritual covering theology, seed-faith teachings, word of faith theology, and many others, it is imperative that people understand both the nature of deception and how to avoid spiritual deception. It is not only false teachings and philosophies that are being used to deceive people, but false prophets are also performing false miracles, magic illusions and using satanic power to deceive the masses. 
The Bible warns us that spiritual deception will not only increase but it warns us of a great deception or a “strong delusion” which will occur before the antichrist appears (and during his brief reign), and before Jesus Christ returns (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 says: And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

When we read 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 we learn that there is a type of spiritual deception that has the following characteristics:

  1. This deception is performed through the activity or strategies of Satan
  2. This deception involves satanic power and false signs and wonders
  3. This deception affects those who refuse to love the truth
  4. This deception also affects those who have pleasure in sin or unrighteousness

In Matthew 24:24, Jesus says: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
Here Jesus is warning of the fact that there will be false believers / teachers who will perform miraculous signs in order to deceive or lead people astray including genuine Christian believers if possible.

The Bible also warns us many times to avoid being deceived by strange teachings, philosophies and doctrines.
For example, Paul says in Colossians 2:8: See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 11:4 it says: For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

It is therefore important to understand the meaning of deception; how people are deceived and how a Christian can avoid being led astray by the many false prophets and false teachings that plague our world today.

 

WHAT IS DECEPTION?
Deception can be defined as the manipulation of appearances such that they convey a false reality or a false belief system.
When studying deception, you will discover that with deception, there is always the deceiver and then there is the deceived / victim.
Deception generally depends for its success on keeping intended victims unaware that deception is actually taking place in their life or situation.

Deception may involve a lifestyle, a teaching, philosophy or doctrine sounding good and sounding as if it is logical and practical – but it does not always mean that the teaching is Biblical or that it is true according to God’s word. Spurgeon once said “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right”

• Therefore deception includes concealing and disguising one’s true nature and motives from the intended victim. This is why it’s important for false teachers to “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” just as the devil conceals his true identity by disguising himself as an angel of light according to 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
• Deception includes hypocrisy or pretentious behavior. For example, in Matthew 23:1-39, Jesus exposed the hypocrisy and deception of the Pharisees.
• Deception involves information control. This includes both dissimulation (hiding or withholding information) and simulation (putting out wrong or misleading information). Deception also involves true information being mixed with false information. Therefore truth can be mixed with a lie so that the deception is difficult to immediately discern. In Galatians 5:9 Paul says “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
• Deception may involve the deceiver imitating or appearing as a type of saviour / hero / spiritual covering to the intended victim or victims. This is why the Bible warns of false christs (Matthew 24:24).
• Deception also includes the deceiver imitating the nature and characteristics of the intended victims so that the victim is unaware of how dangerous the deceiver is or of what kind of danger lies ahead for the intended victim. When the deceiver imitates the victims, the victims assume that they are in good company. An example is when Jesus said in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

 

HOW TO DISCERN & AVOID SPIRITUAL DECEPTION
The only way we can discern and avoid spiritual deception is in the following ways:

  1. We Must Be Genuinely Born Again & Have A Relationship With Jesus Christ
    Jesus said that He knows those who belong to Him and that His sheep hear His voice and that no one can steal His sheep (John 10:27-28).
    It is therefore imperative for a person to be born again and have a genuine relationship with God in order to avoid deception.
    Those who hear and obey the voice of Christ spoken in the Bible are able to discern between the voice of the enemy and the voice of God. However, such discernment is only possible through having a relationship with God.

  2. We Must Love The Truth Found in the Word of God
    2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 mentions the fact that victims of deception can be those people who do not love the truth but instead they love falsehoods. They do not love the word of God nor do they rightly interpret or divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
    2 Timothy 4:3-4 says that there is a time when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.
    This scripture gives us some insight that there are situations in life where deception is not always involuntary or due to ignorance. Instead deception is sometimes a matter of choice. In other words, people choose to be deceived. People choose to follow darkness instead of light.
    Therefore people love falsehoods because it suits their inner sinful passions and they hate the truth because the truth may speak against their sins or sinful desires.

  3. We Must Love Righteousness & Hate Evil
    Romans 12:9 says that we must “… hate what is evil; cling to what is good”.
    In John 3:19, Jesus spoke of people who loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
    Avoiding deception in our life, means that we must love the things that God loves and hate the things that God hates. We love light and not darkness. We must therefore pursue righteousness and seek to bear good fruit in our daily life. We must no longer cling to our old sin nature but we must walk in the fear of the Lord.
    Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.

  4. We Must Hate The World & The Philosophies of this World
    James 4:4 tells us that friendship with the world means enmity with God. Therefore we must not love the world and its ideologies.
    Romans 12:2 says that we should not be conformed to the standards of this world? But why!?
    It is because the world’s systems, values, principles and practices are against God and His written word.
    The world’s philosophies and ideologies can easily lead people into deception. Therefore hating the world’s philosophies enables us to avoid spiritual deception and being deceived by those who follow the world.
    1 John 2:15-17 says: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

  5. We Must Walk in the Spirit
    In John 16:13, Jesus says that one of the purposes of the Holy Spirit in our life is to guide us into all truth. Therefore the Holy Spirit is essential towards helping us avoid living in deception or being led astray.
    The Holy Spirit will help us discern between the truth and falsehoods through the standard of the Scriptures and not the traditions or philosophies of men.
    Walking in the Spirit of God enables us walk in God’s truth but living according to the flesh or sin nature leads us into spiritual deception. How do we walk in the Spirit? By obeying God’s word and trusting in His word.
    Galatians 5:16-17 says: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

  6. Imitate the Bereans
    If we are to discern and avoid spiritual deception, then we must imitate the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11.
    The Berean Christians were said to be noble and they did not accept a culture of being spiritually spoon-fed. Instead the Bereans would study the scriptures for themselves and crosscheck anyone who preached to them. They examined Paul’s message in Acts 17:11 because they wanted to make sure that what he preached was the truth and not a lie.
    1 John 4:1 says: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
    Therefore to avoid being deceived by false prophets and false teachings, it is essential that we learn to test and verify all things through the word of God and discern which spirit is really behind the teachings.
    Paul warns us in 1 Timothy 4:1-2 that the Holy Spirit warns us of deceiving spirits that will teach people doctrines of demons and will cause people to depart from the true faith by causing them to follow demonic teachings.
    1 Timothy 4:1-2 says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

 

GOD’S WORD IS OUR STANDARD
The Bible is the ultimate standard for our Christian walk. It is therefore important that all teachings be measured against the word of God. Jesus Christ Himself used the Scriptures to avoid being deceived by the devils temptations and suggestions (Matthew 4:1-11).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A GENUINE FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

  1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
    This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
    You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
  2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
    Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
    Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
    follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
  3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
    God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
  4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
    You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
    “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
    By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

 

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What is Sleep Paralysis? Is It A Result of Demonic Attack?

Sleep paralysis can be defined as the temporary inability to move or speak whilst one is either waking up or falling asleep. For many people who have experienced sleep paralysis it can be a frightening and nightmarish experience as the body suddenly feels numb or paralyzed whilst feeling as if a dark or invisible presence has entered your room.
During a state of sleep paralysis, a person may feel the presence of something or someone pressing on top of his/her body. Others have reported hearing noises, humming sounds or even voices whilst in a state of paralysis. Others have felt strange tingling sensations or vibrations on parts of their body whilst some have felt difficulty breathing and out-of-body experiences.

However, is sleep paralysis a psychological condition or is it a result of demonic attack? Are the signs and symptoms of sleep paralysis a result of hallucinations during sleep or is it the work of demons?

 

The Natural / Scientific Explanation of Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis happens when parts of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occur while you’re awake.
REM is a stage of sleep when the brain is very active and dreams often occur. The body is unable to move, apart from the eyes and muscles used in breathing, possibly to stop you acting out your dreams and hurting yourself.
Therefore when a person suddenly becomes aware during REM sleep that he/she is paralyzed, this may result in a variety of sleep paralysis symptoms as the person attempts to escape the paralysis.
This temporary failure to escape the sleep paralysis can lead to panic, fear and sometimes sleep hallucinations as one attempts to physically wake up and move his/her body.
Therefore it is during the REM stage of sleep when the brain is extremely active and where sleep paralysis may occur in order to prevent one from physically acting out his/her dreams whilst sleeping.
Sleep paralysis has also been linked to stress, sleep deprivation and irregular sleeping patterns. Therefore reducing one’s stress levels and getting enough sleep is important in reducing sleep paralysis. It is also recommended that you do not sleep on your back as you are most likely to experience paralysis whilst lying on your back.

 

Spiritual Explanation of Sleep Paralysis
The Bible says that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)
There are different cultures that identify sleep paralysis as having a spiritual or demonic cause.
For example, In Cambodian it’s called “khmaoch sângkât” or “the ghost that pushes you down.”
In Thailand, a ghost called “phi am” haunts people when they are half asleep and unable to move.
And in some traditional Chinese cultures it’s called “meng yan” or “ghost oppression”

The devil is able to spiritually attack people whilst they sleep just as much as when they are awake.
However, Ephesians 6:10-11 says “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

 

If you experience sleep paralysis and you believe the experience to be caused by demons, you can try some of the following things:

1) It is important pray and trust in the Lord to protect you whilst you are sleeping. Therefore meditate on God’s word and pray for God’s protection before you go to bed. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”

2) Call on the name of Jesus Christ during your sleep paralysis. Remember that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
Jesus Christ has the name above all names and demons are known to tremble at the name of Jesus Christ. In fact, in the scriptures, demons are cast out at the name of Jesus.

3) Do not go to bed with anger or unforgiveness in your heart as the devil can take advantage of your mental stress whilst you sleep. Ephesians 4:26-27 says “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.”

4) Do not go to bed with any anxieties in your heart. Instead seek God’s peace by giving all your anxieties and worries to God before you go to sleep. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

5) Put on the whole armor of God in your life. Ephesians 6:13-18 says: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

 

Therefore whilst it is possible that sleep paralysis can be the result of natural or biological causes, it is also possible that the devil may spiritually attack or oppress people under the guise of sleep paralysis.
So where sleep paralysis is believed to be linked specifically to a demonic attack, it is necessary to rely totally on God during any spiritual attack of any kind. God is the One who fights our battles.

 

Sources
https://www.livescience.com/56422-sleep-paralysis-different-cultures.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sleep-paralysis/

 

Can Satan Read Our Minds & Thoughts?

There is no evidence in the scriptures that suggests that satan can read our minds or our thoughts.
Whilst the devil is indeed a powerful angel, this does not mean that satan has the same attributes as God.
Therefore unlike God, satan is not omniscient. The devil is not all-knowing and neither is he infinitely wise. Satan is a created being and therefore he has limitations.
So the devil has limited knowledge; he has limited wisdom and he has limited understanding.

However even though satan cannot read our minds, the devil can still influence our thinking and our decisions. For example satan can influence our minds and thoughts through suggestions or temptations. Therefore the devil is able to plant seeds of doubt, fear, jealousy, lust and all sorts of suggestions and temptations in our minds in order to influence our thoughts and decisions.

The reason why Adam & Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden is because they were tempted and they obeyed satan’s suggestions (Genesis 3:1-24).
There is no human being who lives on the earth who cannot be tested or tempted by satan.
Even Jesus Christ was tempted by satan as the devil attempted to plant evil suggestions, ideas and temptations in the mind of Christ in order to persuade Christ into disobeying God.
However, Christ was able to defeat every tempting suggestion from satan by using the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11).

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Our minds are one of the main battlegrounds where spiritual warfare takes place. We should avoid allowing the devil and his army of fallen angels from influencing our thinking and decisions.
Instead we should “take every thought captive to obey Christ” or the word of God.
The devil has been around long enough to study the weaknesses of mankind. The devil cannot read our minds but he can read our countenance; he can study our lifestyle and our behavior so that he can make an educated prediction pertaining to which temptation or problem is most likely to make us fall or disobey God.

Job 1:6-12 is evidence that satan goes “to and fro on the earth” and that he is able to study and observe mankind in order to discover our weaknesses so that he may inflict harm. The devil had clearly been observing the life of Job and appeared to have studied many aspects of Job’s life.
Therefore satan can make educated predictions or guesses based on his studies and observations of an individual or mankind as a whole. However he cannot read our minds or read the precise thoughts or intents of our hearts because satan is a creation with limited abilities.

 

Only God Can Read Our Minds & Thoughts
God alone is omniscient. God alone is infinitely wise and all-knowing. God does not make predictions or educated guesses. Nothing surprises God because He knows everything – past, present and future.
God does not need to study or observe mankind in order for Him to know us. Instead, God already knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
Matthew 9:4 reflects that Jesus knows our thoughts and the intents of our heart.
Psalms 139:4 says that God already knows what we will say even before we speak the words.
Therefore God alone can accurately and precisely read our minds and thoughts.

 

5 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack

Concerning spiritual attacks, first it is important to understand that the devil cannot be blamed for every problem or bad decision that we make in our own lives.
As mankind we have our own freewill to choose between right and wrong and good and evil.
In Romans 7:15 Paul wrote: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
Therefore our own flesh or sinful nature play a huge part in working against us or against our desire to please God.

The Christian has 3 enemies: the devil, the world and his/her own sin nature. All these 3 things fight against us to prevent us from pleasing God.

The Bible says that the devil came to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). It also says that the devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
We must therefore understand that the enemy will always seek to spiritually attack God’s people because the devil is a hater of everything that God loves and everything that God has created.
The devil will therefore use different methods and techniques in order to attempt to destroy our relationship with God and with others.
Ephesians 6:12 says that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of darkness.
It’s therefore important for Christians to understand how the devil spiritually attacks believers.
We must also remember that when the devil attacks us, it can either be subtle or it can be sudden and so we must always be alert, vigilant and sober minded.

 

Here Are 5 Probable Signs That You’re Under Spiritual Attack

1. No Desire To Pray or Read The Bible
The last thing the devil wants is a praying Christian or a believer who studies the word of God. It is through prayer and personal study of God’s word that we draw close to God and we understand the nature of God. Prayer draws us close to God and reflects that we desire to communicate and intimately know our Creator.
It’s therefore imperative as Christians that we exercise self-discipline and that we prevent ourselves from allowing the distractions of life from hindering us from spending time with God through prayer and meditation of His word (Psalms 1:1-3).
When we are Biblically illiterate we open ourselves to all sorts of issues such as false teachings, anxieties and different kinds of sinful behavior. We therefore become ill-equipped to deal with specific issues or challenges in life.
We must therefore study God’s word to present ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15) and so that we may be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

2. Persecution for the Gospel of Christ
The devil hates the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ above all things. It is therefore no surprise that when Christians stand for the Biblical principles of God and when they preach the gospel of Christ, believers will encounter many kinds of persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 says “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
Throughout the world, Biblical Christians are either humiliated, excluded, provoked, physically harmed or killed because they boldly stand for the truth of God’s word and for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
These sort of persecutions are ultimately sourced from the devil who will do anything to prevent people from becoming genuinely saved because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore persecution will come from non-Christians; from the world and also from false religious teachers who spread false teachings.
In Luke 6:22-23 Jesus said the following: “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”
The disciples of Christ faced the same persecution from both unbelievers and from the false religious teachers such as the Pharisees who attempted to prevent the spread of the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:17-42).

 

3. Suicidal Thoughts
Whenever you have thoughts of physically harming yourself or if you have growing thoughts of desiring to end your own life – this can be a sign of spiritual attack.
It is never the will of God that we should seek to commit suicide or to physically harm our own body. The life that God has given us is a gift which is to be lived for His purpose and glory.
Indeed life can be full of pain, struggles and tragedies. Sometimes our struggles in life may cause the devil to tempt us into thinking that suicide is an option.
1 Peter 5:7 says: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Philippians 4:6-8 encourages us not to worry about anything, but to pray to God about everything so that we may have the peace of God. We must also furthermore train our thoughts to focus on the things that are good and not on things that may cause us to sin against God.
Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

4. Desire to Return to Sinful Habits & Lifestyles
The devil may desire for the Christian believer to backslide or return to old sinful habits and lifestyles. So where there are strong urges and temptations for you to return to your old life before you were saved – this may be a sign of spiritual attack.
Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
In James 4:7-8 we are urged to resist the devil and he will flee from us. One of the ways we resist the devil is by drawing nearer to God.

 

5. Overwhelming Feelings of Condemnation, Depression & Anxiety
Sometimes the devil may use our feelings against us. This is why the Bible frequently urges Christians to live by faith and not by sight (or our perception of our circumstances).
We therefore should live according to what the Bible says and not according to our feelings. We are to live according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and not according to the desires of the flesh.
Feelings come and go – but the word of God never changes and it remains forever.
Therefore the devil may accuse us; he may condemn us; he may make us feel inadequate; he may remind us of past sins and lead us into a state of depression because of our current circumstances or problems.
However, we must learn to trust God and not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must always have an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and we must learn to talk to God about every issue that is going on in our life (Philippians 4:6-7).
Romans 8:1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) – but however, in Christ we are no longer condemned and Christ is able to give us peace and joy even in the midst of a chaotic world.

 

5 Ways to Resist the Devil

Ephesians 6:12 says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

It is clear from this passage that Christians all over the world are engaged in spiritual warfare. There are unseen demonic forces that wage war against God and the kingdom of God. As long as we live in this earth, the devil will always target Christians by inflicting all kinds of oppression and temptations against the Christian.
However, just like any warfare, it is important for every believer to know how to overcome the enemy and what strategies the Christian believer can use in order to live victoriously.

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

 

DISCOVER 5 WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN RESIST THE DEVIL

 

1. Resist the Devil by Submitting to God
James 4:7 says: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Submission means that we accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that God is superior and that He has authority over us.
God not only has authority over us – but He also has authority over the devil himself. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that ultimately the devil does not fight the Christian believer alone, but the devil also fights the almighty God.

 

2. Resist the Devil by Using God’s Word
Whenever Jesus was tempted by the devil, you will notice that Christ resisted the devil by using the scriptures to overcome satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:1-11).
Jesus Christ was rooted in the word of God. He lived by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Christ was obedient to the scriptures.
It’s therefore important for every Christian believer to use God’s word to overcome demonic or satanic philosophies that we may face in life. The word of God stands far above every other idea, suggestion or teaching. The Bible is also a spiritual offensive weapon against the enemy as it is used to both protect and attack in times of spiritual warfare. It is likened to a sword.
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

3. Resist the Devil by Wearing the Armor of God
Ephesians 6:11 says: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
The armor of God consists of the Christian believer exercising godly virtues and characteristics that enable the believer to overcome the schemes of the devil. According to Ephesians 6:13-17, these virtues or characteristics include living according to the truth of God’s word; They include living in the righteousness of Christ; We must also share the gospel of Christ; We must live by faith and not by sight in every circumstance; We must be reminded that our salvation is in Christ alone and we must always use the word of God as the guide in our daily life.

 

4. Resist the Devil by Prayer & Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says: Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
As Christians it is important that we pray constantly and that we do not fall into the trap of ungratefulness. Instead we must learn to be thankful in all circumstances.
When we do not pray, we will end up distancing ourselves from God. When we are ungrateful we will have a complaining attitude.
Therefore the devil desires to tempt believers to complain and be ungrateful towards God. The devil also tempts many Christians to avoid spending quality time with God.
Submitting to such temptations make the Christian weaker in or inhibit a Christian from maturing spiritually. It is therefore important to have a lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

5. Resist the Devil by Having the Correct Thought Life
2 Corinthians 10:5 says: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We therefore resist the devil by taking captive every thought and making it obedient to the word of God. Our thinking patterns must glorify God. Our thoughts must always be formed and accepted in light of God’s word. Therefore we must not allow the devil to manage our thought life.
Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Conclusion
The devil cannot be resisted by our own strength or our own tactics and techniques. The word of God must be our ultimate guide.
Resisting the devil or any kind of demonic warfare requires that we also yield to Jesus Christ and realize that the battle ultimately belongs to the Lord.
Jesus Christ is above all things and He has the name that is above all names. Therefore we cannot overcome temptation or the devil without having Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. When the devil is resisted, it’s because Christ alone gives us the strength and He enables us to resist him.

 

Do Aliens Exist? Are We Alone in the Universe?

Do aliens really exist? Is it possible that extraterrestrial life exists somewhere in the universe?
Evolutionists are more likely to believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life due to the evolution theory that all life evolves.
Therefore, the reasoning of any evolutionist would be that if life evolved on the earth, then it’s probable that life may have evolved in other places or planets in the universe.
Even atheist scientists like the late Stephen Hawking believed in the existence of aliens. He apparently warned about the dangers of mankind encountering alien civilizations. Hawking suggested that if an advanced alien civilization were to come to Earth, then “such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach”.

According to an article on the belief of alien life, it is reported that a survey done in 24 countries reveals that at least 50-61 percent of humans believe that some form of life exists outside of Earth, or that intelligent alien civilizations exist somewhere in the universe.

However, is there actual evidence that aliens exist? Can scientists conclusively prove that we are not alone in the universe?
Organizations such as NASA have spent billions of dollars researching the universe, yet to this day there is no evidence that extraterrestrial life exists. Despite the use of the most advanced technology being used to observe the universe, scientists can only speculate, but they cannot prove if aliens exist or not.


What Does the Bible Say About Aliens?

However, what does the Bible say about aliens? The truth is, the Bible gives us no reason to believe in extraterrestrial life. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1).
In Genesis, chapters 1 & 2, the Bible clearly tells us that at the beginning of time, God created the universe including the Earth.
According to the scriptures, life was created on the Earth but there is no evidence in the Bible that life was also created in other planets or parts of the universe.
There is also no evidence from the scriptures that there is another planet that is perfectly suitable to sustain life. Yes, there may be planets that have been discovered by astronomers as being “Earth-like” – however, do these particular “Earth-like” planets have life actually existing on them?
So far, it can be concluded that there is no Earth-like planet discovered in the universe that has any habitation of life, besides our own planet.
If God wanted us to know that extraterrestrial life existed somewhere in the universe, then He would have mentioned it in the scriptures. The Bible mentions intelligent spiritual beings such as angels and demons. It also mentions that there is a spiritual realm – however, it does not mention the existence of physical aliens existing in the universe.

What About Sightings of Aliens or UFOs?
How do we explain supposed alien sightings by people? Since the Bible does not mention the existence of aliens, there is a Biblical explanation for the sightings of supposed aliens. Genesis 6:4 gives an account of fallen angels or “sons of God” who came to earth to have sexual intercourse with human women in order to give birth to the Nephilim, which was a hybrid race. The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and they had a mixture of both human and demonic DNA.
Therefore the alleged physical sighting of aliens may actually be demonic beings disguised as extraterrestrials.
It is believed that alien deception will play a major part in relation to human deception in the end times.
In Matthew 24:37, Jesus says: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
This can be interpreted as meaning that just as fallen angels and the Nephilim made themselves visible during the days of Noah in Genesis 6, then it is possible that fallen angels and the Nephilim will attempt to physically re-emerge in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.
However, if demons manifest as aliens, it’s important to remember that these demons are part of God’s creation and they mostly exist in the spiritual realm which God also created.
It is also important to realize that God is the Creator of all things – both the seen and the unseen (Hebrews 11:3).
All of creation in the entire universe exists because of God, and all creation ultimately submits to the Lordship and authority of God (John 1:3; Revelation 4:11).

Of all the things that God created, mankind is the only creation that was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
Our role as mankind is to submit to God as our Creator and to totally trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour because without Christ in our lives, we cannot experience forgiveness for our sins and neither can we enter into an eternal relationship with God.

 

Are Demons Real? How Do They Operate?

What are demons and are they real? The least group of people who are likely to have a disbelief in demons are most probably atheists and agnostics. So this group of people is in the minority.
However, if you ask a Satanist or a Christian if demons exist – both will obviously agree that they do.
In fact, most people from different cultures, religions and sects believe in the existence of demons.
People involved in the occult; in witchcraft; in secret societies and even in the entertainment industry believe in demons and understand that there is a spiritual realm that exists.

Demons are fallen angels who together with Satan, rebelled against God and attempted to unseat God from His throne.
Demons are spirit beings that exercise freewill. They have an intellect just like humans. According to Isaiah 14:12-25 and Revelations 12:4, Satan took with him at least one-third of the angels during their failed rebellion against God in Heaven.

Demons wage war against humanity in 8 ways:
1. By creating false doctrines, wicked cultures and false philosophies
2. By creating false teachers, false religions and demonic groups & sects
3. By creating spiritual warfare methods such as witchcraft, occultism, wicca
4. By fighting God’s angels
5. By demon possession
6. By disguising as an angel of light
7. By causing physical illness
8. By causing hypnosis and mind control of individuals or groups

1 Timothy 4:1 says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
The Bible says that there are people who will abandon the truth and willfully follow and obey the doctrines of demons.
Therefore, demons are able to introduce enticing doctrines that can lead people astray and put them into spiritual bondage. Demons fight against God by influencing individuals, groups, cities and even nations with the intention of leading the human race to hell so that people can be eternally separated from God.

Ephesians 6:12 says that our fight as humans is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Bible therefore warns that there are spiritual entities and forces that work against humans and they work together with a common goal to control and lead people astray from God.

Demons are led by Satan and they not only fight humans – but they also battle against God’s angels as reflected in Daniel 10:13.

In the Bible demons would usually manifest by totally possessing and controlling the physical body of an individual. Demon possession is when a person’s body is under the complete control of a demon.
Demon possession mostly occurs with people who are not genuine born again Christians. A child of God cannot be possessed by a demon because he/she is a new creation in Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells inside of the Christian.
1 John 4:4 says: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Demons also manifest in false teachers because of their false doctrines. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 speaks of false teachers who are agents of Satan and they “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” just as the devil “disguises himself as an angel of light”.
1 John 4:1 also says that we should not believe every spirit because of the rise and influence of false prophets.
This reflects that demonic spirits are linked to the teachings and activities of many false teachers.

Even Jesus had to deal with demons during His ministry on earth. On many occasions Christ would cast out all types of demons (Matthew 8:28-33; Luke 4:41; Luke 11:14).
Matthew 8:16 says: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Jesus Christ demonstrated as the Son of God that He had power over demons and also that Satan did not have any kind of authority over Christ.
In Luke 10:19-20, Jesus said: Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Therefore, through Christ, the Christian has authority over the power of the enemy. It is only through Christ that the enemy can be defeated in our lives. Jesus Christ gives us the victory over the demonic forces.
Colossians 2:14-15 says: Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The devil was defeated by Jesus Christ on the Cross. Christ shed His blood in payment for the sins of the world. Therefore anyone who repents and believes in Christ as Lord and Saviour will live in the authority and protection of Christ. This is why demons cannot possess a Christian.
The only way to avoid the deceptive influences of the demonic is to have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Should People Practice Witchcraft?

The ever changing culture and the media manipulation has changed people’s perception of witchcraft. With the influence of books and movies such as Harry Potter and many other fictional characters, the perception of witchcraft has changed and the practice of witchcraft has increased. Witchcraft and Wicca has been “normalized” and is becoming a trending lifestyle especially with the young.
Witchcraft has always been widespread in Africa. In fact, witchcraft has always been infused in many African cultural beliefs.
However even in America and Europe, Wicca is becoming one of the fastest growing religious movements.
People both young and old and from different backgrounds have been gradually embracing the practice of witchcraft whether secretly or openly.

Witchcraft involves spiritual rituals and the attempt to manipulate people, circumstances or events through incantations and the casting of spells. Witchcraft can also involve various spiritual rituals and practices such as communication with demonic spirits or the attempt to communicate with the dead.
At its core, witchcraft is essentially about spiritually controlling and manipulating things that cannot be ordinarily controlled by natural means. This spiritual control and manipulation requires the assistance of demonic spirits and their assistance will always come at a price.

Therefore, should people practice witchcraft? Why do people engage in witchcraft irrespective of their religious backgrounds? What are the dangers of practicing Wicca or witchcraft?

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says: There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…

All forms of witchcraft is viewed by God as being a sin and it is forbidden by God.
Why is witchcraft a sin and why does God forbid it? One of the main reasons is that witchcraft involves sourcing spiritual power and spiritual knowledge from God’s enemy – the devil.
The reason why God forbids sorcery, conjuring of spells, witchcraft and the like is because these practices are demonic and involve demonic spirits.
People who practice witchcraft eventually open themselves to demonic possession and serious spiritual harm and bondage.
Witchcraft may at first give the impression of power, invincibility and the presumption that anything is possible – however witchcraft is a demonic deception that eventually leads to bondage and destruction for those who practice it.

Another reason why God forbids witchcraft is because it is an attempt to live life independent of God. Instead of being dependent on God for all that we need, there are some people who think that God does not have their best interest. So they attempt to take matters into their own hands by getting involved in Wicca or witchcraft.
Isaiah 8:19 says: And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

Consulting witchdoctors or spirit mediums reflects a lack of trust in God. When people practice witchcraft, they reflect that they trust in the power of demonic spirits and demonic knowledge rather than in the power of God and the word of God.
1 Timothy 4:1 says that some people will devote themselves to the doctrines of demons. The knowledge, the spells, the incantations involved in witchcraft all fall under the doctrines of demons because such knowledge is sourced from demonic spirits.

 

The Practice of Witchcraft Leads to Hell
Revelations 21:8 says: But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

In Galatians 5:19-21, witchcraft or sorcery is listed as a work of the flesh and the unrepentant practicing of such will lead to hell. It says: Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

It’s important to understand the seriousness of witchcraft and that practicing it reflects allegiance to the forces of Satan rather than to God.

Witchcraft however is a forgivable sin. One can repent from witchcraft and be forgiven by God. The Bible says that if we confess our sins, God is just and faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
In fact, all kinds of sins can be forgiven by God because of the price that Jesus Christ paid on the cross for our sins.
So for anyone who has practiced witchcraft, that person has the opportunity to be forgiven and to become a born again Christian through believing and trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 1:12)